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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742978/consideration-for-eliminating-conjunctival-closure-in-the-enucleation-procedure
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John D Pemberton, Hugh Wright, Brian T Fowler, Juliet Kim, James C Fleming
To compare post-operative results and complications in patients who undergo enucleation with or without suture closure of the conjunctiva. This was a retrospective chart review study. Review of 50 cases of enucleation surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children's Hospital between July 2011 and December 2014. Criteria for inclusion in the study were all cases of enucleation that had extraocular muscles attached to a spherical orbital implant with or without conjunctival closure, and at least 2 months of postoperative follow up...
July 25, 2017: Orbit
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742092/cadmium-exposure-and-endometrial-cancer-risk-a-large-midwestern-u-s-population-based-case-control-study
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Jane A McElroy, Robin L Kruse, James Guthrie, Ronald E Gangnon, J David Robertson
Estrogen-mimicking chemicals, such as cadmium, may be associated with increased susceptibility to hormone-dependent cancers, though supporting data are sparse, particularly for endometrial cancer. The Health and Environmental Exposure Research (HEER) study worked with the Arkansas Central Cancer Registry, Iowa Cancer Registry and Missouri Cancer Registry to obtain names of women diagnosed with endometrial cancer who were willing to be contacted for participation in our case control study. Voter registration lists from Iowa and Missouri were used to randomly select similarly aged women as represented in the case population...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726533/ophthalmic-findings-in-patients-with-arterial-tortuosity-syndrome-and-carriers-a-case-series
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Joshua S Hardin, Yuri A Zarate, Bert Callewaert, Paul H Phillips, David B Warner
INTRODUCTION: Arterial tortuosity syndrome (ATS) is a rare autosomal recessive disease hallmarked by tortuosity, stenosis, and aneurysm development of large- and medium-sized arteries. Mutations in SLC2A10, a gene that encodes the facilitative glucose transporter GLUT10, cause ATS. Several case reports have noted associated ophthalmic findings such as keratoconus, keratoglobus, and myopia without detailed descriptions or standardized examinations. We report the ophthalmic findings in a cohort of compound heterozygous ATS patients and heterozygous carriers of SLC2A10 mutations...
July 20, 2017: Ophthalmic Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689351/leveraging-community-based-participatory-research-capacity-to-recruit-pacific-islanders-into-a-genetics-study
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Pearl A McElfish, Marie-Rachelle Narcisse, Christopher R Long, Britni L Ayers, Nicola L Hawley, Nia Aitaoto, Sheldon Riklon, L Joseph Su, Shumona Z Ima, Ralph O Wilmoth, Thomas K Schulz, Susan Kadlubar
Pacific Islanders face many health disparities, including higher rates of cardiovascular disease, cancer, obesity, and diabetes compared to other racial and ethnic groups. Specifically, the Marshallese population suffers disproportionately from type 2 diabetes, with rates 400% higher than the general US population. As part of an ongoing community-based participatory research (CBPR) partnership, 148 participants were recruited for a study examining genetic variants to better understand diabetes. Participants provided a saliva specimen in an Oragene® DNA self-collection kit...
July 8, 2017: Journal of Community Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684251/-prologues-to-a-bad-voice-effect-of-vocal-hygiene-knowledge-and-training-on-voice-quality-following-stage-performance
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Balaji Rangarathnam, Towino Paramby, Gary H McCullough
PURPOSE: The purpose of this investigation was to determine the effects of intensive stage rehearsal and performance on perceptual, acoustic, and aerodynamic measures of voice, and to determine the impact of knowledge and practice of vocal hygiene on measures of voice during intensive vocal performance. METHODS: Nineteen stage actors who were participating in the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre festival took part in the study. Each participant completed auditory-perceptual, acoustic, aerodynamic, and quality of life measures before and after 1 month of intensive rehearsals and stage performances...
July 3, 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684006/evolution-in-the-surgical-care-of-patients-with-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-in-the-mid-south-quality-of-surgical-resection-cohort
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Nicholas R Faris, Matthew P Smeltzer, Fujin Lu, Carrie L Fehnel, Nibedita Chakraborty, Cheryl L Houston-Harris, E Todd Robbins, Raymond S Signore, Laura M McHugh, Bradley A Wolf, Lynn Wiggins, Paul Levy, Vishal Sachdev, Raymond U Osarogiagbon
Surgery is the most important curative treatment modality for patients with early-stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). We examined the pattern of surgical resection for NSCLC in a high incidence and mortality region of the United States over a 10-year period (2004-2013) in the context of a regional surgical quality improvement initiative. We abstracted patient-level data on all resections at 11 hospitals in 4 contiguous Dartmouth Hospital Referral Regions in North Mississippi, East Arkansas, and West Tennessee...
April 2017: Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679019/adequately-addressing-pediatric-obesity-challenges-faced-by-primary-care-providers
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Marilou Shreve, Allison Scott, Kelly Vowell Johnson
OBJECTIVE: To assess the challenges primary care providers encounter when providing counseling for pediatric patients identified as obese. METHODS: A survey assessed the current challenges and barriers to the screening and treatment of pediatric obesity for providers in northwest Arkansas who provide care to families. The survey consisted of 15 Likert scale questions and 4 open-ended questions. RESULTS: Time, resources, comfort, and cultural issues were reported by providers as the biggest barriers in screening and the treatment of pediatric obesity...
July 2017: Southern Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676207/effects-of-allergen-sensitization-on-response-to-therapy-in-children-with-eosinophilic-esophagitis
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Robert D Pesek, Mallikarjuna Rettiganti, Erin O'Brien, Sarah Beckwith, Caroline Daniel, Chunqiao Luo, Amy M Scurlock, Peggy Chandler, Rebecca A Levy, Tamara T Perry, Joshua L Kennedy, Sheva Chervinskiy, Maryelle Vonlanthen, Helen Casteel, Stephen C Fiedorek, Troy Gibbons, Stacie M Jones
BACKGROUND: In children with eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) foods are the most common disease triggers, but environmental allergens are also suspected culprits. OBJECTIVE: To determine the effects of environmental allergen sensitization on response to treatment in children with EoE in the southeastern United States. METHODS: Patients 2 to 18 years old who were referred to the Arkansas Children's Hospital Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders Clinic from January 2012 to January 2016 were enrolled in a prospective, longitudinal cohort study with collection of demographics, clinical symptoms, medical history, allergy sensitization profiles, and response to treatment over time...
July 1, 2017: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665723/kidney-cell-adapted-infectious-bronchitis-arkdpi-vaccine-is-stable-and-protective
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R A Zegpi, C Breedlove, V L van Santen, C R Rasmussen-Ivey, H Toro
We previously demonstrated that adaptation of an embryo-attenuated infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) Arkansas (Ark) Delmarva Poultry Industry (DPI)-derived vaccine to chicken embryo kidney (CEK) cells (CEKp7) shifted the virus population towards homogeneity in spike (S) and nonstructural protein genes. Moreover, the typical Ark vaccine subpopulations emerging in chickens vaccinated with commercial Ark vaccines were not detected in chickens vaccinated with CEKp7, indicating that kidney-cell adaptation drastically increased the stability of the vaccine virus population in chickens...
June 2017: Avian Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662352/longitudinal-associations-between-outpatient-medical-care-use-and-substance-use-among-rural-stimulant-users
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Michael A Cucciare, Xiaotong Han, Christine Timko, Nickolas Zaller, Kristina M Kennedy, Brenda M Booth
BACKGROUND: Negative views toward substance use treatment among some rural substance users and limited treatment resources in rural areas likely affect substance use utilization. It is therefore important to determine whether accessing healthcare options other than substance use treatment, specifically outpatient medical care (OMC), is associated with reductions in substance use. OBJECTIVES: We examined whether use of OMC was associated with reductions in substance use among rural substance users over a three-year period...
June 29, 2017: American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660542/comparing-two-periphyton-collection-methods-commonly-used-for-stream-bioassessment-and-the-development-of-numeric-nutrient-standards
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Ashley R Rodman, J Thad Scott
Periphyton is an important component of stream bioassessment, yet methods for quantifying periphyton biomass can differ substantially. A case study within the Arkansas Ozarks is presented to demonstrate the potential for linking chlorophyll-a (chl-a) and ash-free dry mass (AFDM) data sets amassed using two frequently used periphyton sampling protocols. Method A involved collecting periphyton from a known area on the top surface of variably sized rocks gathered from relatively swift-velocity riffles without discerning canopy cover...
July 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659648/impact-of-storage-environment-on-the-efficacy-of-hermetic-storage-bags
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Brett Lane, Charles Woloshuk
Small hermetic bags (50 and 100 kg capacities) used by smallholder farmers in several African countries have proven to be a low-cost solution for preventing storage losses due to insects. The complexity of postharvest practices and the need for ideal drying conditions, especially in the Sub-Sahara, has led to questions about the efficacy of the hermetic bags for controlling spoilage by fungi and the potential for mycotoxin accumulation. This study compared the effects of environmental temperature and relative humidity at two locations (Indiana and Arkansas) on dry maize (14% moisture content) in woven polypropylene bags and Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS) hermetic bags...
May 2017: Journal of Stored Products Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640684/judicial-bypass-for-minors-seeking-abortions-in-arkansas-versus-other-states
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Onur Altindag, Ted Joyce
OBJECTIVES: To describe demographic characteristics and abortion timing of minors in Arkansas who obtained an abortion through a judicial bypass, and to contrast the frequency of judicial bypass in other states in the United States. METHODS: We used individual-level data on all abortions to minors (n = 2624) performed in Arkansas from 2005 to 2014 and aggregated data from 10 additional states on abortions obtained through a judicial bypass. We characterized correlates of the judicial bypass and its association with the timing of abortion...
August 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628305/variation-in-methane-emission-rates-from-well-pads-in-four-oil-and-gas-basins-with-contrasting-production-volumes-and-compositions
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Anna M Robertson, Rachel Edie, Dustin Snare, Jeffrey Soltis, Robert Alexander Field, Matthew D Burkhart, Clay S Bell, Daniel Zimmerle, Shane M Murphy
Atmospheric methane emissions from active natural gas production sites in normal operation were quantified using an inverse Gaussian method (EPA's OTM 33a) in four major U.S. basins/plays: Upper Green River (UGR, Wyoming), Denver-Julesburg (DJ, Colorado), Uintah (Utah), and Fayetteville (FV, Arkansas). In DJ, Uintah, and FV, 72 - 83% of total measured emissions were from 20% of the well pads, while in UGR the highest 20% of emitting well pads only contributed 54% of total emissions. The total mass of methane emitted as a percent of gross methane produced, termed throughput-normalized methane average (TNMA) and determined by bootstrapping measurements from each basin, varied widely between basins and was (95% CI): 0...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611884/emergency-medical-services-professionals-attitudes-about-community-paramedic-programs
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Robert J Steeps, Denise A Wilfong, Michael W Hubble, Daniel L Bercher
INTRODUCTION: The number of community paramedic (CP) programs has expanded to mitigate the impact of increased patient usage on emergency services. However, it has not been determined to what extent emergency medical services (EMS) professionals would be willing to participate in this model of care. With this project, we sought to evaluate the perceptions of EMS professionals toward the concept of a CP program. METHODS: We used a cross-sectional study method to evaluate the perceptions of participating EMS professionals with regard to their understanding of and willingness to participate in a CP program...
June 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584476/age-estimation-by-dentin-translucency-measurement-using-digital-method-an-institutional-study
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Shalini Gupta, Akhilesh Chandra, Archana Agnihotri, Om Prakash Gupta, Niharika Maurya
AIMS: The aims of the present study were to measure translucency on sectioned teeth using available computer hardware and software, to correlate dimensions of root dentin translucency with age, and to assess whether translucency is reliable for age estimation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A pilot study was done on 62 freshly extracted single-rooted permanent teeth from 62 different individuals (35 males and 27 females) and their 250 μm thick sections were prepared by micromotor, carborundum disks, and Arkansas stone...
January 2017: Journal of Forensic Dental Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535871/zombie-soldier-beetles-epizootics-in-the-goldenrod-soldier-beetle-chauliognathus-pensylvanicus-coleoptera-cantharidae-caused-by-eryniopsis-lampyridarum-entomophthoromycotina-entomophthoraceae
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Donald C Steinkraus, Ann E Hajek, Jim K Liebherr
Adult goldenrod soldier beetles, Chauliognathus pensylvanicus, were found infected by the fungus Eryniopsis lampyridarum (Entomophthoromycotina) in Arkansas during September - October (1996, 2001, 2015 and 2016). Living and dead infected beetles were found on flowering frost aster, Symphyotrichum pilosum, common boneset, Eupatorium perfoliatum, and Canada goldenrod, Solidago canadensis. Live and dead beetles (n=446) were collected in 1996 from S. pilosum flowers and held individually in the laboratory for determination of fungal prevalence...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534434/effects-of-a-statewide-tobacco-cessation-program-among-individuals-involved-with-arkansas-community-correction
#18
Christine Garver-Apgar, Susan Young, Brenda Howard, Ben Udochi, Chad Morris
In response to a critical need for tobacco cessation services among justice-involved populations, Arkansas Community Correction (ACC) partnered with the University of Colorado's Behavioral Health & Wellness Program in 2013 to implement the DIMENSIONS: Tobacco Free Program within all probation, parole, and drug court units. In the first 2 years of this statewide, evidence-based program, more than 1,100 individuals from 33 ACC area office locations attended tobacco-free group sessions and provided data on tobacco use and readiness to quit...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Correctional Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523889/collagenase-for-wound-debridement-in-the-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-a-retrospective-case-series
#19
Elizabeth Huett, Whitney Bartley, Darla Morris, Della Reasbeck, Beth McKitrick-Bandy, Charlotte Yates
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: The use of collagenase for enzymatic wound debridement has been studied extensively and has been established as the standard of care for nonhealing and necrotic wounds in individuals for whom surgical intervention is not an option. Collagenase has been shown to be effective in adults but has been studied in a limited capacity in infants and neonates. The purpose of this study was to investigate the use of collagenase in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). METHODS: Retrospective chart review of infants and neonates admitted to the NICU at Arkansas Children's Hospital with nonhealing wounds for which collagenase was used for wound healing over a 1-year time period...
May 2017: Pediatric Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515140/three-year-impacts-of-the-affordable-care-act-improved-medical-care-and-health-among-low-income-adults
#20
Benjamin D Sommers, Bethany Maylone, Robert J Blendon, E John Orav, Arnold M Epstein
Major policy uncertainty continues to surround the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at both the state and federal levels. We assessed changes in health care use and self-reported health after three years of the ACA's coverage expansion, using survey data collected from low-income adults through the end of 2016 in three states: Kentucky, which expanded Medicaid; Arkansas, which expanded private insurance to low-income adults using the federal Marketplace; and Texas, which did not expand coverage. We used a difference-in-differences model with a control group and an instrumental variables model to provide individual-level estimates of the effects of gaining insurance...
June 1, 2017: Health Affairs
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